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China, India, Africa fuel cellular subscription growth

Posted: 14 Jul 2008     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:cellular subscriptions  cell phone  GSM phones  worldwide market 

Fuelled by rapid growth in China, India, and Africa, worldwide cellular subscriptions continued to expand rapidly in 2007, reports In-Stat. Due to some areas approaching saturation and a relatively slow world economy, subscription growth in 2008 is expected to be much less, the market research firm says.

"India and China subscription numbers are growing at a fast clip, as more of the population gets their first cell phone, and often their first phone of any kind," says Allen Nogee, In-Stat analyst. "Most of these phones are low-end GSM phones, but even some of these phones are starting to incorporate more high-end features."

Recent research by In-Stat found the following:

  • The number of worldwide cellular subscriptions in 2007 grew by 66.76 crore (667.6 million) over 2006.

  • 2008 subscription growth is forecast to be only 38.25 crore (382.5 million) more than 2007's growth.

  • By 2012, yearly growth in subscribers is expected to decrease to only 16.3 crore (163 million) per year, roughly twice the population increase projected in that year.

    The research, "Worldwide Cellular Subscriptions and 5-Year Forecast", covers the worldwide market for cellular communications subscriptions. It contains cellular subscription numbers by region and technology for 2006 and 2007, and forecasts through 2012.

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